New drone news September 2020: Artificial intelligence, $7.4 billion Reaper deal, Aksungur, Herons etc

Andrils new drone and artificial intelligence, in Wired, Sept. 15. Was Sentinel radar sent to Syria by the US to help defend against drone threats, Sept. 19.Houthis increase drone strikes on Saudi Arabia, September 19. "In an effort to field MQ-9 Reapers faster and meet an increasing operational demand for the aircraft, the Air Force … Continue reading New drone news September 2020: Artificial intelligence, $7.4 billion Reaper deal, Aksungur, Herons etc

It appears Libya is a drone graveyard, amid “record number” of shoot-downs there and elsewhere

Libya is now ground zero for where drones go to die. A record number of drones being shot down is having a lot of ramifications from the US to Russia. The numbers are thought to have doubled in recent years. Both the Wing Loong and Bayraktar systems were shot down, or crashed. The Turkish system … Continue reading It appears Libya is a drone graveyard, amid “record number” of shoot-downs there and elsewhere

How many drones were used in Operation Barkhane and the Sahel region?

Maps and details about Operation Barkhane and the 5,100 forces involved also show drones. https://twitter.com/ambfranceisrael/status/740236056956698624 But how many were used. Usually it says 3 Reapers. https://twitter.com/Aln54Dz/status/1274274803520802816 Images are also posted and interview, "the Reaper drones have become an essential tool for a number of operations carried out by Operation Barkhane against armed terrorist groups in … Continue reading How many drones were used in Operation Barkhane and the Sahel region?

US used drones to monitor civilian protests

A report revealed that drones were used to monitor protests in the US. "Remember that drone in Minneapolis? It was part of a nationwide operation that sent helicopters, airplanes and drones over 15 cities where demonstrators gathered to protest the death of George Floyd, logging at least 270 hours of surveillance." https://twitter.com/KannoYoungs/status/1274097630000435200 See this: https://twitter.com/JetTipNet/status/1266405487739895814

MQ-9 Reapers being used from Kuwait in 2019

By SETH J. FRANTZMAN Images of the 286 Air Expeditionary Wing at Ali Al Salem Air Base using their Reapers were published in July 2019. The US DVIDS caption notes "MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle awaits an engine test before Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) operations at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, July 23, … Continue reading MQ-9 Reapers being used from Kuwait in 2019